Like many good things, The Tone Pirates came about by seemingly coincidental circumstances. When asked by a friend to play a party in 2009, Dan threw together an intended one-time ensemble for an evening of fun and tribute.
The group met for the first time less than an hour before their first collective note. When ask how long "the band" had been together, they said "about an hour." The first public show was three weeks later and they've never looked backed.
Their debut record was produced by six-time Grammy winner, David Sanger, and they've headlined some of oldest festivals and largest rodeos around. They perform sold-out theatre shows to the most discriminating audiences. They're known to be joined by Grammy winning/nominated guests Redd Volkaert, Elizabeth McQueen and others.
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Dan put the guitar down for more than twenty years. When he began noodling again, he entertained close friends but rebuffed any suggestion to sing beyond the boundaries of his patio. Through the encouragement of those listeners, he now conveys feeling and emotion as deep as his baritone, resonating voice, with the obvious influences of Haggard and Cash.
Dan's colorful life-experiences have been penned by others but it's his original work that expresses the pain, regret and joy those experiences produced in his life. He says applause of his writing from the Grammy winners is flattering but that his desire is to connect with, and relate to the listener, not the music industry.
Norris had his first lesson at six. His teen years began a long hiatus from music to pursue more self-indulgent activities. When his musical interests resurfaced, he spent a number of self-described dark years playing honky tonks and dancehalls far and wide.
He removed himself from the music scene in search of deeper meaning and discovered a new man. His greatest joy is sharing his journey and his source of abiding peace. Norris puts the bass in Tone and is the base of the Pirates.
It's no coincidence those fiddle licks bear a striking resemblance to the originals. As a former Buck Owens Buckaroo, Harvey has shared the stage with Buck, Merle Haggard and other legends of country music.
In addition to being one of the best fiddle players in country music, he adds amazing Tone to classic rock, rockabilly and blues tunes that will make you think the original was missing something!
Kevin was born blind but never let it get in his way. His passion for life, and especially music, is an inspiration to everyone fortunate enough to meet him. As a Berklee School of Music Alumni, he has mastered an improvisational style that moves audiences in every genre.
Kevin has toured North America and Europe with the legends of jazz and R&B but he routinely catches folks off-guard when he leans into a blues, rock or country tune. Kevin says, "If I could do only one thing right, let it be music that inspires people to do the right thing."
From pots and pans to the bright lights of Nashville, Matt has always been a drummer. The San Angelo native wanted to make more music than West Texas would allow so he cut a trail through every honky-tonk and blues bar from there to New Orleans.
Matt toured North America and did a regular stint at Billy Bobs in Fort Worth before embarking on Nashville. Returning to Texas to raise a family, he was quickly recognized by Blues & Rock Gazette and awarded Best Blues and Best Rock Drummer Awards. His broad versatility made him the ideal virtuoso to maintain the groove of The Tone Pirates deep repertoire.
Whether laying down eight beats to the bar on a piano boogie or ripping a big Hammond organ tone on a blues tune, John will make the hair on your neck stand-up. Majoring in music at North Texas and a former winner of the Simply Texas Blues Fest, his talent knows no bounds.
John's professional career started when he was 15, working with future legends Jimmy Vaughn and Doyle Bramhall. His style and showmanship are nothing short of extraordinary.
When a music store manager went to investigate the rockin' guitar tone coming from the showroom he found 11-year old Adam practicing his self-taught licks. Obviously impressed, they offered a year of free lessons and the rest is history in the making.
The name may be new to you but one you will hear again...and again. This guy is destine to be named among the best guitar players of our time. Anytime, anywhere, any genre, Adam Shedd could go toe-to-toe with any of the greats. If you think that's a stretch, wait 'till you see him live!